MERCY SECONDARY SCHOOL
Principal Joseph Mackey
1999/2000 Enrolment 27th Febuary.
Assessment 20th March.
SUBJECTS FOR JUNIOR CERT PROGRAMME.
Languages: Irish, English, French, German.
Social Studies: History, Geography, Art, Music, home Economics.
Science: Science, Mathematics. Technical Graphics, Technology.
Business Studies: Book Keeping and Business Knowledge.
General Studies: Religious Education, Physical Education, CSPE (civil, social and political education), Singing; Speech and Drama; Career Guidance; Health Education; Computer Studies.
TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME
The Transition Year Programme is in operation in our school since 1986. It facilitates the transition of students from junior to senior cycle. Students are offered the opportunity to take part in a wide range of new subjects and activities. Not more than 60% of the course is Academic. Activities include First Aid, Self-defence, Typing, and Computer Skills, Drama, Enterprise Education, Mini Company, Outdoor Pursuits and Environmental Studies. The year enables students to make an informed choice of subjects for the leaving certificate.
Here in Ballymahon Transition Years avail of two blocks of work Experiences organised and evaluated by the Course Co-ordinator.
SENIOR CYCLE PROGRAMME.
Languages; Irish; English; French; German.
Social Studies. History; Geography; Art; Music; Home Economics.
Mathematics; Chemistry; Physics; Biology; Technical Drawing.
Business Studies Accounting; Economics; Business Organisation.
General Studies: Religious Education; Physical Education; Career Guidance; Singing; Drama/Musicals; Computers.
LEAVING CERTIFICATE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMME
The new Leaving Cretificate Vocational Programme offered by the Department of Education was started in the School in September '95. This course exposes students to the world of work and develops their enterprising attitudes and skills. One of our Mini Companies came second in the Co Longford Senior Section of the Enterprise Competition 1997. The subjects for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme - offered by the Department of Education were also started in the school in September 95. The subjects for the Leaving Certificate are taught as normal and work experience takes place during school holidays. The course is credited on their Leaving Certificate.
As an extension of formal class teaching, students have the opportunity to take in Basketball, Football, Badminton, Camogie, Uni-Hoc, Tennis, Volletball, Athletics, Hurling, Drama, Debating, Quizzes and Musicals. Outdoor pursuits include a trip to Achill for second year students as well as various Educational Tours in Ireland for all classes. A European Tour can be availed of by fifth tear students.
COMPUTERS AND TECHONLOGY
There are ten Dell Pentiums and twelve Apple Mackintosh computers available for students in our computer room. All students are taught how to use Word Processors, Spreadsheets and Computer Filing Systems. Coloured printers are also available and one of our computers is connected to the internet and E-Mail. Students studying T.Y.P. and L.C.V.P. will gain extra hands on experience.
Technology involves teaching students how the World about us operates. Students are taught how to use materials such as plastics, wood, metals and ceramics. They also learn the basics of electricty and electronics. The exam is 60% written 40% practical at junior cert level.
After school study available.